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Roman Gonzales banks on superior conditioning to beat Viloria

Pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez believes the more physically well-conditioned fighter will win when he faces Brian Viloria on Oct. 17 in a title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Syria army in major offensive backed by Russia strikes

Birut - Syrian regime forces, supported by heavy Russian aerial bombing and cruise missile strikes from warships, launched a major ground offensive against rebels Wednesday in a coordinated attack.

In Syria, Russia chasing Chechens once again

Moscow - While Russian President Vladimir Putin's air campaign in Syria may have other aims, one result seems to be that it is hitting Islamists from Russia's Caucasus, say analysts.

U.S.-backed Syria rebels say Russia raids destroyed arms depots

Birut - Russian airstrikes in northern Syria have destroyed the arms depots of a US-backed rebel faction and wounded several of its fighters, the group told AFP on Wednesday.

Iraq forces retake areas around Ramadi

Baghdad - Iraqi forces have retaken several areas north and west of Ramadi as efforts to close in on the Anbar provincial capital seized by jihadists in May intensify, officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Lenient sentence for drunk driver who killed a crime in itself

The drunk driver who killed Jayantha Wijeratne and his daughter Eleesha on a highway near Toronto three years ago was sentenced on Tuesday. What did he get for destroying two people, and breaking the hearts of their family and friends? Not enough.

Yemen rebel-allied party says ready for UN-brokered peace

Sanaa - Ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh's party, allied with Shiite Huthi rebels, announced Wednesday it has accepted a UN plan to end the country's seven-month-old conflict.The announcement on the General People's Congress party website, almotamar....

Party time in North Korea

Seoul - When it comes to grandiose, mass displays of state muscle and military grandstanding, North Korea has few equals.

Intense raids in Syria as Russia floats coordination with U.S.

Birut - Russian warplanes carried out intense new strikes in Syria on Wednesday as Moscow said it could coordinate its raids with the US-led coalition bombing Islamic State group jihadists.

Nigeria suicide attacks kill 14: Emergency services

Lagos - At least 14 people were killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday, the country's National Emergency Management Agency said.

Erdogan irate as Putin tears up Turkey's Syria blueprint

Istanbul - The Russian air campaign in Syria has thrown an immense obstacle in the way of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's vision for the future of the country, enraging the Turkish leader and leaving Ankara increasingly sidelined.

B.C. Ferries forces Bowen passengers to wait as ship sat idle Special

An incident at Snug Cove on Bowen Island that saw dozens of foot passengers and vehicles left waiting two or more hours for a ferry has led to an apology. The delay resulted in a quarrel at the terminal between ferry workers and foot passengers.

YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley dead at 13

Caleb Logan Bratayley's mother has revealed a few more details surrounding the 13-year-old YouTube star's sudden death. Originally, Caleb's mother Katie posted an instagram message stating Caleb died last Thursday of "natural causes."

Russian air force to support Syrian army ground offensive: Putin

Moscow - Russia's air force will support offensive operations by Syrian government forces fighting on the ground in the war-torn country, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Hollande did not suggest Assad-Free Syrian Army alliance: Aide

Strasbourg - French President Francois Hollande did not suggest forming an alliance between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the moderate opposition Free Syrian Army, an aide said Wednesday, contradicting comments by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

New unrest hits Israel, West Bank despite calls for calm

Jerusalem - New violence rocked Israel and the West Bank on Wednesday, including a stabbing in annexed east Jerusalem, even as Israel and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas took steps to ease tensions.

Mother dies feeding child who also dies, leaving toddler alone

Los Angeles - A Hollywood mother died suddenly while feeding a one-year-old child, who then choked to death, leaving a two-year old toddler alone for days.

Russia has struck 112 targets in Syria: Defence minister 

Moscow - Russian forces have struck 112 targets in war-torn Syria since launching the start of a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group last week, the defence minister told Vladimir Putin Thursday.

Rejected in EU, asylum seekers can face years of deadlock

London - Faced with a massive influx of people fleeing troubled countries, Europe's already stretched asylum system is under increasing pressure, and tens of thousands of people are faced with legal deadlock.

Tom Hanks finds student ID, starts Twitter campaign to find owner

New York City - Hollywood actor Tom Hanks found a college girl's student ID in the park Tuesday and immediately launched a Twitter campaign to track her down and return it.
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